Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day 7 Discovering Pennsylvania's Route 6 - Painting in Corry

I need to add something very important to my Day 6 report that meant a lot to me.

It was Tuesday morning, 8 a.m., bright and early on our first day back in Meadville and Tom and I had a special appointment with George Nowack. He was picking us up to accompany him to the studio of COOL 101.7 WMVL FM for his Tuesday morning radio show.

Yep, George has a segment on the local classic rock station to promote his work on the Rt. 6 Artisan Trail.

The host, Dave was really “cool” and made me feel quite at home on the show. He asked lots of questions about my career and I had an opportunity to tell the Linesville/Meadville/Corry areas about my role in our project of documenting PA Route 6 through paintings. Thanks Dave and George for the opportunity to tell my story!

Now, back to the road.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 6 Discovering Pennsylvania's Route 6 - Painting day!

Today was the day!

I started painting in Meadville at the historic Market House! 

Tom and I arrived at 10 a.m. and started unpacking my mountain of art supplies. As if to reinforce our “peddler appearance” the first person passing by asked what we were selling. Well, that was the start of a day full of observer’s stopping by - painters, musicians, photographers and folks just interested in what was going on. George met us and introduced us to a delightful pair - Alice who ran the Market House and Cindy who owned the Market House Grill. There was a palpable excitement in the air.

I started with a sketch I actually developed at home from last week’s photo shoot. Once I set up my pastels I painted a watercolor “under painting” to set the values. One of the nearby business residents, Curt, stopped by and expressed his thoughts on his location on the street and how he is hoping for a renaissance in this part of Meadville. He became one of my favorite people to talk to. During his lunch break on this 90 degree day, he brought Tom and me wonderfully cold Frosties from Wendy’s. Very refreshing!